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Old 08-25-2010, 07:38 PM   #41
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Very cool... great work!


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Old 08-26-2010, 12:41 AM   #42
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Next steps are to choose a wood,
Something dense and hard like ipe perhaps?


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Old 08-26-2010, 12:46 AM   #43
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Default What Wood is That Collar?

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I love the handle, though anything like that is beyond my capability. But question... what kind of wood and finish is the collar on your keezer? TIA!

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Something dense and hard like ipe perhaps?
Once I have the handle roughed out and the voids cut, I do the rest of the carving by hand. Not sure I hate myself or my tools enough to tackle ipe just yet I'm saving black walnut for the 4th handle, because I know roughly what I want to do and it would be best with a dark wood. I'll kick through the pile tonight and see if I can find something interesting.

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I love the handle, though anything like that is beyond my capability. But question... what kind of wood and finish is the collar on your keezer? TIA!

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Thanks! Collar is standard red oak, with a light stain followed by a couple coats of Spar Urethane. Some more info in this thread: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/foun...estions-80261/
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Really amazing work. I would like to see some pictures of the working process if you can.

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Just stumbled across this thread. Wowza. That's all I can really say. Keep up the amazing work!
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Those handles are awesome! Makes me wish I could carve wood. Good luck with the new design.
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These are quite impressive...I hate to be "that guy" and I am in no way trying to take away from your skill but my only complaint would be they are too short. I like my handles long though.
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These are quite impressive...I hate to be "that guy" and I am in no way trying to take away from your skill but my only complaint would be they are too short. I like my handles long though.
That's what she... nah, never mind.

No apologetic tone necessary - like I said, all comments and suggestions welcome. Longer handles would look great for many setups. I made mine just tall enough so that I can open the lid with collar attached and not worry about the handles hitting the wall behind. Also lets me set things on top of the freezer without accidentally dumping beer in my shoes.
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Some more in-progress pics - click photos for larger versions. I found a nice piece of spalted birch in the scrap pile that felt solid enough and cut it down to size with band saw and jointer.



I glued the pattern to the blank using a craft spray adhesive - sets fairly quickly as long as you don't soak the paper. Once the pattern was in place, I drilled holes in each of the areas to be removed. This pattern had a lot of very small areas, so I used a .035" bit, which is about the smallest hole that a 2R scroll saw blade will fit through. On the previous handles, I had room to drill larger holes and used a full-sized drill press. Since this bit was so small, I used a drill press attachment for my Dremel. Whatever you use, make sure your bit is square to the table.



Here's the handle after drilling all the holes. You can see an extra hole I drilled in the corner waste area to check that my bit was square before drilling into the pattern.



Next step was to use the scroll saw to cut out all the voids. You need to make sure your piece is a uniform thickness and that your saw table is square to the blade, otherwise the holes will wander and mess up the pattern on the back of the handle. Keep the blade as tight as you can without snapping it, and go slowly.



Handle is all roughed out now, and ready for carving. Will get more pictures once I start that phase, but it's time to get stuff ready for brew day tomorrow


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